June 16, 2009
Do you agree with President Barack Obama and most Democrats in Congress that reform of the nation's health care system should include what's known as a "public option" - the opportunity for citizens to choose a government-sponsored insurance plan along with competing private plans? Yes 46% No 48% Not sure 6% (1,962 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : Will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he accepts the idea of a Palestinian state help move the Middle East toward peace?
March 27, 1991
We agree with H. Ross Perot, the Texas entrepreneur and public-policy idea man, on the postwar partisan political debate. He said it was on the third-grade level of name-calling.Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, didn't even wait for the war to end before he sent out a party fund-raising letter referring to Democrats in Congress as "appeasement before country liberals." Other Republicans have resorted to even more demagogic statements, accusing Democrats of trying to undermine President Bush's efforts.
April 16, 1998
THE FIRST Summit of the Americas, convened by President Clinton four years ago in Miami, set a goal of free trade for the hemisphere by 2005, calling for concrete progress by 2000.The second Summit of the Americas, this weekend in Santiago, Chile, will speed the progress, with President Clinton cheerleading. The catch is that, this time, he will be the laggard.The 34 national leaders understand that ending protectionism is the key to making their national economies grow. He is the one unable to make commitments.
June 22, 1995
Liberal Democrats in Congress don't like it, but "yellow dog" DTC Democrats of the conservative and moderate ilk do. It's creating a stir in party circles. Call it is the re-redefinition of Bill Clinton.What's happening should not come as a surprise. There's a presidential election next year and Mr. Clinton's bleak political outlook has persuaded him that he's got to change his approach. Instead of following the liberal lead of congressional Democrats intent on defending all social legislation of the last 40 years -- and savaging the Republican majority for pushing through sweeping changes -- Mr. Clinton had suddenly jumped ship.
May 1, 1992
WASHINGTON -- That was not exactly an avalanche of endorsements that came down on Gov. Bill Clinton when he visited Capitol Hill the day after his clear-cut victory in the Pennsylvania presidential primary. By one count, 31 House and Senate members climbed aboard the Clinton bandwagon. That brings the total of previously unpledged congressional "superdelegates" who had committed to him to 123, out of 275 getting a free ride to the Democratic National Convention.The whole idea of the superdelegates is that as ranking party officials and elected officeholders, they are supposed to function as party wise men and women poised to bring political pragmatism to the choice of a nominee, especially if the voters in primaries are deemed to have lacked it.The designation was inspired by the 1976 nomination of Jimmy Carter through the primary election process, which at the time and in retrospect many Democratic regulars considered disastrous, because Carter was such an unknown quantity, especially to the party wise men and women.
December 1, 2008
As a congressman and leader of a party campaign committee, Rahm Emanuel helped 54 Democrats win the House seats they hold today. When Tom Daschle was the Senate Democratic leader, he contributed more than $1.5 million to help a new generation of lawmakers win office. Now, Emanuel and Daschle are key members of Barack Obama's incoming administration, and emblems of a top priority of the new White House team: They are trying to build sturdy bridges between the new White House and Democrats in Congress, coordinating their plans well before Inauguration Day. When lawmakers hear from the two prominent members of Obama's team, they will know that they are talking to people who not only have the president's ear, but who played important roles in putting many of them in Congress.